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Senior Everton defender says Koeman needs time to change style

By Dominic Toner

Everton defender Seamus Coleman insists that his new manager Ronald Koeman will need time at the club to make a difference.

The Merseyside club ended the three-year reign of Roberto Martinez this summer and have put their faith in Dutchman Koeman to improve the team.

Right-back Coleman has been a key player for Everton for several years now and featured in the 3-0 victory over Barnsley in pre-season.

“Every manager is different and I wouldn’t say there’s any right or wrong but when you play in a regime for a certain amount of time you will pick up habits that stick for a little while,” Coleman told the Liverpool Echo.

“I’ve only been back a week and I’m still coming to terms with what he (Koeman) wants and what he doesn’t want, but you can definitely see just from the (Barnsley) game that he’s not afraid to mix it up.”

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Ex-Southampton manager Koeman signed a three-year contract at Goodison Park and will hope to emulate the success he enjoyed with his former club.

Southampton finished sixth last season, above the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea, and only conceded 41 goals, the joint fifth best defensive record in the league.

Everton shipped 55 goals in the Premier League last season and Koeman has already moved to improve his new defence, adding goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg earlier this month.

Everton have also recruited Steve Walsh as the club’s new director of football and he played a major role in Leicester’s shock Premier League triumph, being credited for finding hidden talent such as Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante.

In other Everton team news, their former manager could fill a vacant Premier League spot.